Robots are here and they're totally awesome and everything. But do they have to be so goddamn cocky about it? MIT's new backflipping "mini cheetah robot" is the latest addition to a long line of electronic showoffs reminding us that we'll never be as agile as something cooked up in a lab. SEE ALSO: This'blind' robot dog is great for hunting you on a moonless night "At only 20 pounds the limber quadruped can bend and swing its legs wide, enabling it to walk either right side up or upside down," writes MIT -- definitely not rubbing it in that we can't walk upside down -- in a description of the Feb. 28 video. Getting away from this four-legged reminder of our own inadequacy now requires jogging?
Last week, we challenged our Instagram community to experiment with perspective and shoot upside down photos. We saw a handful of creative shots, ranging from flipped cityscapes and sunsets to reflections in puddles. The world looks completely different upside down, and these photos prove it. Have something to add to this story?
Crehan's idea was a reaction to an editorial he read which advised worried readers, "Keep Your Feet on the Ground." He felt this sort of cliched thinking was constricting people's perspectives, and suggested some alternatives -- rather than saying "hindsight is better than foresight," people could say "bottomsight is better than topsight." To squash subversive activities, the government could try inversive activities. Elsinore and other towns across California joined in on the attitude adjustment experiment. Even as far east as Pennsylvania, people turned out and turned over to look at life from a different angle.
Tracey Lane tells WHBQ-TV she recently found the casket of her grandfather, David Ira Lane Sr., lifted from the ground and the headstone in the air at a cemetery in Holly Springs. The station's video shows relatives reaching up to the broken casket in a tangle of roots from the overturned tree. The family believes it's been that way for two weeks.